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We are very proud to announce that Calon FM has won the Radio Academy award for best station in Wales in it’s Nations and Regions awards – for the 2nd year running.

On listening to a compilation of our best output from the last 12 months, the Academy said that “Calon FM is a charming and fun station, serving its audience in a fully inclusive way. Balancing sport, music and community content, this is a great example of local radio delivered with passion and truly in tune with its area”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of our volunteers who give up their time each day to keep the station running with lots of great programmes. The station would not work without them. We would also like to thank the continuing support all our listeners, without you we do not exist!

Well done to everyone!

Mobility AccessDisabled people, carers and their families are being invited to an all-day interactive independent living and mobility exhibition with a focus on accessibility, disabled support equipment and support services, taking place in Wrexham in November.

One of the most prominent exhibitions of its kind to take place this year in North Wales and the surrounding areas, Mobility Access Roadshow will throw its doors open to the public from 11am on Saturday, November 22. The Roadshow is sponsored by carretailer Wrexham Volkswagen and will be formally opened by the Mayor of Wrexham Cllr Alan Edwards. Admission and parking are free and refreshments will be available until 4.00pm, when the exhibition closes.

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2310WBP01Wrexham MP Ian Lucas is backing calls for the town to be made a city to underline its credentials as the civic capital of the region.

Mr Lucas said that North East Wales could become a dominant economic force with the city of Wrexham at its heart.

He was speaking at a meeting of Wrexham Business Professionals, a group of local solicitors and accountants who collaborate on a non-competitive basis to promote the development of businesses, skills and employment opportunities for professional people.

Mr Lucas told the meeting at the town’s Ramada Hotel that Wrexham also needed a merger with Flintshire, improved road and rail links and high quality education and training networks.

Mr Lucas said: “As MP for Wrexham, I have never understood why Wrexham does not have a Crown Court and we need to argue for it to be a city and recognised as such.

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North Wales Police HQVoting lines are open today (Monday, November 10) for people across North Wales to choose which local community group they want to support – using cash seized from criminals.

A total pot of £42,000 is up for grabs as part of a new scheme set up by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick to reward groups which help tackle anti-social behaviour and combat crime and disorder.

The Your Community, Your Choice initiative is being supported by North Wales Police and the North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT).

Two groups in each of the six counties will get £3,000 apiece and a £6,000 prize will go to the winning  organisation that operates across North Wales.

People will be able to vote via the websites of the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and North Wales Police from November 10 to December 12.

The prize money includes cash confiscated from criminals through the Proceeds of Crime Act, with the rest coming from the Police Commissioner.

Mr Roddick said: “This scheme has been designed to benefit community groups across North Wales and at the same time hit villains where it hurts them most – in the pocket. Read the rest of this entry »

IndividualEndeavourAward-2A man who has overcome his own battle with drink and drug addiction to help and support others has been honoured for his hard work and dedication.

Tony Ormond, from Wrexham, knows how difficult it is to overcome addiction problems having spent 17 years of his life injecting heroin, using cocaine and ecstasy, abusing alcohol and committing crime to fund his habit.

Now, having dramatically turned his life around, the 40-year-old has been recognised by North Wales Police and Commissioner Winston Roddick CB QC for the passion and energy he gives to help others do the same.

At the inaugural Commissioner’s Awards, Tony was given the Individual Endeavour accolade for his work as a Service User Involvement Co-ordinator with AVOW, Wrexham’s voluntary service council.

His role with AVOW is a complete contrast to the wasteland years when he had his finger firmly on the self-destruct button.

Tony said: “Getting this award is quite overwhelming for me. I was homeless by the age of 17 and hanging round in gangs injecting heroin. I have quite a long criminal record so to be recognised for what I do now working alongside the police is amazing.”

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